Music Courses & Classes in London and Online

We offer a wide range of piano, singing and instrumental workshops from complete beginners to advanced standard, daytime, evening or weekend. We also offer music theory, music tech, history, choirs, orchestra and jazz ensembles.

Choosing your course

Based in the heart of Covent Garden, we have two Model D Steinway pianos, Yamaha acoustic pianos and two suites of digital pianos. Music students have access to practice rooms for the duration of their course and we use the latest versions of Sibelius, Logic and Max/MSP for our music technology courses.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Expert tutors

Our classes are taught by professional performers and practitioners, many of whom also teach at leading London universities and music conservatoires. We also offer advanced piano masterclasses with visiting performers and professors each year. Please refer to individual course outlines for individual staff biographies.

Studying at City Lit

City Lit students have a proud history of learning an instrument or singing from scratch as well as studying more advanced courses such as music theory exams, and preparing for advanced piano diplomas. Many of our jazz students form ensembles together and we frequently organise concerts and recitals in and around Central London.

Find a course

Browse our range of music courses in London and online below to choose your perfect option: both complete beginners and returning students are equally welcome at City Lit.

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  1. Piano/keyboards 1A

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 26 Jan 2021 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This is the beginning of our piano programme: suitable for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing. This is an online course, please see below for details.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  2. Sibelius: music notation software

    Course Date: Thu 28 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Ideal for musicians, music teachers and students. Learn how to prepare and print high quality scores and other notation with Sibelius software. Good knowledge of conventional music notation and confident basic computer skills are required.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  3. GarageBand: create and edit your own music

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Apple’s GarageBand is one of the easiest ways to make music with a computer. The simple layout, instruments and sounds encourage you to explore and create music.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  4. Improvising in classical instrumental music

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    An opportunity to explore improvisation in a supportive and playful online environment. Find creativity and freedom as you follow the practice of great classical composers.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Singing workshop: performance

    New
    Course Date: Thu 4 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This online workshop class explores lighter-side and music theatre repertoire. Grow your confidence performing some of your favourite songs through studying relevant techniques, stylistic interpretation and performance skills.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  6. Piano: return to playing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Did you once play the piano? Are you thinking of returning to playing? This short online course, taught in a friendly and supportive environment, will help you refresh your dormant skills and re-kindle your passion for playing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  7. Singing for fun

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building online course. This short course will introduce you to healthy voice-use and basic musicianship through a selection of songs from a variety of genres.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  8. Sight-reading for choral singers

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you sing in a choir or a choral society, or are thinking of joining one? Would you like to feel more confident about reading sheet music and sight-singing? Then join experienced singer and conductor, Penny Homer, for this short online course, to fill the gaps in your knowledge and improve your sight-singing skills in choral situations.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  9. Queer music history & LGBT composers: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 8 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    An introduction to LGBT composers/music makers as well as an introduction to the development of queer musicology. Your tutor will guide you through a review of music throughout history from the standpoint of the LGBTQIA+ community. Covering composers who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, from classical to popular genres, medieval to present day.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Music theory: introduction to score reading & analysis

    Music theory: introduction to score reading & analysis

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 8 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to navigate music scores and analyse basic structures. Learn to identify stylistic characteristics of music from different periods of music history, suitable for developing your understanding of music in its historical context, and to support the style identification elements of grade 5+ ABRSM exams.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. Recording yourself at home: techniques and tips

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 12 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to record yourself using your home digital audio equipment. Suitable for those with some previous experience in digital audio.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  12. Musicianship for string players

    Course Date: Tue 16 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve your understanding of theory and musicianship in relation to your instrument. This course is for violin, viola and cello players who have been learning for two years or more.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. Great works: Allegri's Miserere

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 16 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the history of this most famous choral work and trace the story of the famous high C from the castrati of the 18th century to today’s professional early music vocal ensembles.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £18.00

  14. Great Jazz composers

    Course Date: Fri 19 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore five famous Jazz composers and learn to identify key features of their style. This short course will help you refresh and expand your listening.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  15. Township jazz

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 21 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore groovy repertoire of South Africa, from Kwela jive to Mbqunga and jazz. Play arrangements online with opportunities to improvise. All instruments welcome. Tutor: Paul Bartholomew.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

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